Speaking during an Eid el-Fitr meeting on July 28, [State Ministers of Turkey and Vice-Prime Minister Bülent] Arınç described his ideal of the chaste man or woman, saying they should both have a sense of shame and honor.
“Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womanizer. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. [The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” Arınç said, adding that people had abandoned their values today. People needs to discover the Quran once again, Arınç said, adding that there had been a regression on moral grounds.
“Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?” he said.
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While I appreciate that Arinc mentioned men must be chaste, too—that’s unusual, so credit where credit’s due—I am struck particularly by his description of how a ‘chaste girl’ should react to being looked at: blush slightly, lower head, turns eyes away.
When humans look at each other, one would, generally, only respond with blushes and downward glances if: (1) they were attracted to the other person; or (2) they were embarrassed by how the other person viewed them. To have someone blush and avoid your eye is generally indicative they find you interesting, intimidating, or attractive—or all three.
That Arnic wants all girls to behave in this way, when meeting him, tells you much about him. That he equates such behavior with morality tells you much about how his religious framework views women.